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Agriculture Report

Localize Labels on Food

By Matthew Villeneuve

An Edmonton food labeling company that is working with grocers to put new labels on store shelves.

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau heads to his first official visit to China this week, which will focus on building economic ties.

Trudeau is expected to discuss a dispute over Chinese rule changes that could affect Canada's multibillion-dollar canola exports.

China has concerns about the spread of a disease associated with canola and has given Canada until September 1st to cut the level of dockage in its canola exports by more than half.

While China has championed the need for the two countries to pursue a free-trade deal, the Trudeau government has taken a more-cautious approach amid public worries over human rights.


An Alberta shopper who wanted to know which foods were locally grown decided to work with grocers to come up with a labeling system.

Meghan Dear is the founder and C-E-O or Localize, an Edmonton food labelling company that is working with grocers to put new labels on store shelves.

The labels provide information such as where the food was produced and how sustainable it is.

Dear says the Localize labels can typically be found near the price sticker on the shelves of participating stores.


Ontario's agriculture ministry says if this summer's drought had lasted another week or two, the yield potential for corn and soybeans would have been significantly decreased.

The ministry's field crop team points out dry weather during pollination limited soybean yields.

But now with the rain, it says bean pods should fill out close to their original potential.

The agency suggests the rains came just in time to wash away spider mites, as dimethoate insecticides were running out.


Whether or not they're aware of it, Canadians have a distant personal connection to the migrants who've become a major U-S election issue.

Dennis Nuxoll of the Western Growers farming association in the U-S says the majority of the 400-thousand farm workers in California are believed to have falsified work documents.

Donald Trump has promised to deport all illegal migrants, although his immigration reform plan is in flux.

Nuxoll says if the illegal workers disappeared tomorrow, farmers couldn't harvest many of the crops that Canadians consume. 

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